What a lie! Somewhere in the press release for A Boy and a Bear in a Boat (phew, from now on this will go under the name of BBB) someone tries to make out Dave Shelton is a first timer. So why did I recognise his name? And why did my blog software recognise his name? Because we have reviewed Dave before. That’s why. Admittedly for a comic, but comics are books, too.
First timerness apart, BBB is a very lovely little book, complete with teastains and worn edges. I hardly had to add a thing myself, although I did try some sandwich at one point. This little blue book is covered with a map of the sea. It’s blue.
So is the wide wide sea on which Boy and Bear find themselves, in the Boat. And that’s pretty much it, folks. BBB.
It’s lovely, and it’s funny, and very sweet. It’s also pretty weird, but I’d expect that from Dave.
I’m not at all sure what it’s about. Love, probably. Courage. Tenacity. Hope.
It’s impossible to describe, without giving too much away. I liked it. And I’d love to put copies of BBB into the hands of lots of little boys. I don’t know why, but it feels like the kind of thing one ought to do.